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Eggplant Problem

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by Perfect Oblivion on January 13, 2004 05:07 AM
I am not a gardener, persay, but I could not find any seemingly quality place that happened to address my question, so I just looked for a forum and found this place...

For an Easter present, I was given an eggplant variety, and I have grown it, and it produced one egg which is now nice and mature, but the plant itself is suffering because being the idiot I can sometimes be, I accidently let my cat in my room without thinking while the plant is still on my window sill. Alas, chewed plant. I don't think it is going to go on happily, though it can survive, it won't produce more.

The egg on the eggplant is where the seeds are contained but no website (I may just be searching the wrong keywords, but I get a bunch of link collections and or cooking suggestions when I try) explains exactly how I could plant the eggplant egg and get another plant. I am not sure if I would want to bury it, or water it, or cut it open... If I would want to bury it deep or not... I don't have much knowledge in this area, I am still in school and everything. I apologize if this is a really off the wall question but the people here are gathered for gardening so I figured it was as good of a chance at finding an answer as I was going to get.

Any advice? The eggs are small, slightly larger then a large marble, and of a golden-egg variety that was (for me) specifically made to be an easter egg present. What way would you guys say (or even educatedly guess) one would prepare and plant an egg for the purpose of getting a new plant?

by Phil and Laura on January 13, 2004 02:14 PM
Sara, Youv'e reaached the right guy! I save all my veggie seed, being an Heirloom grower; such as I am. The first thing I have to tell you though is that if this eggplant variety is a hybrid, it may or may not produce fruit.There is a very good heirloom variety called; quite simply,easter egg. Now, let the thing get really ripe and a little wrinkled(to let it soften some) next cut off the top and bottom, most the seeds are in the center third. Scoop out the seeds and flesh, you won't be able to seperate it very well, thats why next you put it in a bowl and cover with water. Let it sit about three days,or until you see some seeds floating, then agitate it some and work the seeds loose,then a little rinse. I then pour them out into unbleached coffee filters(newspaper will do) and sit somewhere to dry for a few days you can't go wrong here, you can sit and try scraping them out without this method, but you probably have better things to do!! See my post in the seed exchange here and I will be so glad to send you some wonderful eggplant, that are a very old italian variety [wayey]
by njoynit on January 14, 2004 06:28 PM
do your search as"growing eggplant from seed"

I use stokes seed catalog as a reference for growing seeds.Burpee seed catalog comes out twice a year also and will list some growing info& don't overlook looking at there order will lit clearance seeds at good prices.I've tried a few of their seeds and all were fine and some are mailed in a pack that is vacume packed and all and is called like locked forever seed has a permenant shelf life.are chives I recieved this way.

I have heard of the easter egg type eggplant.but is not listed in stokes.They have a nightshadow that would resemble a easter egg if is why named that.looks to be black in color.

I see you grew indoors you say?sure would like to hear about that.
I like eggplant cooked in some greek nameed dish has potato abnd cheeses been long time since ate& I like it sliced up like frys and deep fried& usually will mix eggplant/zuccinni& cucumber and do this yummy

sure liked that tip on seed you think it would work the same on fig fruit?the limbs from trimming root fine,but would be so kewl if grew one from seed.just such a thrill to raise a plant from seed...makes it more "yours" i guess.have never seen any sprout from fallen fruit.I need a way to keep the bees/wasps yellowjackets/bumbble bees off the fruit so can enjoy more fruit formyself.they don't even let ya near the 1st crop of season

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by papito on January 19, 2004 05:46 AM
additional info on easter egg eggplant:

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by njoynit on January 19, 2004 07:48 PM
Well I definately wanna grow one.seems to be in same family as dauntra& burgmansia.which those would be poisonous to eat.
its a shame they didn't get any pics of the blooms of purple/liliac.would be curious as to what they looked like.
so did yours bloom growing indoors?
The guy has a pic of the seeds/seed pod is the 3rd pic.When you click& open it looks better and the seeds look like my dauntra seeds.I'd guess you'd want your soil temp about 70 or higher and keep moist like cover with plastic or grow in baggie or use a ice cream container from DQ or salad container from McDs.the even moisture will sprout.

I wanna know the size of flower
so Papito....ya got any of these growing for ya?

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